Best Songs of 2014: Honourable Mention (Part 1, A-D)

As I seem to mention every year, crafting a strict Top 100 Songs of The Year list is an impossibility for me, because I listen to and like way more than 100 songs. So in order to shine a light on some of the songs that are still very good but don’t crack my┬átop 100, I’ve issued lists recognizing the “honourable mentions” the past couple years. This is the first of those lists for 2014. More than anything though, these lists serve as a record keeping endeavour, so when I look back at 2014 some years down the line, I’ll be able to re-visit all the songs I was into. Having something neat and tidy to refer to at any time appeals to me, and that’s a big reason why I compile these lists. If anyone else who reads them discovers/likes something new, that’s great too.

Without further ado, here is the first of four lists detailing the best songs of 2014, Honourable Mention style, in alphabetical order.

Allie X – Prime


alt-J – Nara


alt-J – The Gospel of John Hurt


Ariana Grande f. The Weeknd – Love Me Harder


Avid Dancer – I Want To See You Dance


Balance and Composure – Enemy


Basia Bulat – It Can’t Be You


Basia Bulat – Tall Tall Shadow


Bear Hands – Giants


Betty Who – Lovin’ Start


Bleachers – Rollercoaster


Britney Spears – Alien


Broken Bells – Holding On For Life


Broods – Coattails


Cloud Nothings – I’m Not Part Of Me


Darlia – Queen Of Hearts


Deers – Bamboo


Duck Sauce – NRG


Duke Dumont – Mumble Man


Dum Dum Girls – Rimbaud Eyes

Top 20 Songs of January 2014

These are my Top 20 Songs of January, in terms of plays and resonance:

20. Tove Lo – Habits


19. Lucius – Wildewoman


18. Massari – Brand New Day


17. Alvvays – Adult Diversion


16. Foster The People – Coming Of Age


15. Trust – Rescue, Mister


14. Britney Spears – Alien


13. Kaleida – Tropea


12. Beyonce f. Jay-Z – Drunk In Love


11. Basia Bulat – Tall Tall Shadow/It Can’t Be You



10. Zedd f. Hayley Williams – Stay The Night


9. Broken Bells – Holding On For Life


8. Ghost (B.C.) – If You Have Ghosts


7. One Direction – Story Of My Life


6. Wildlife – Lightning Tent


5. Maximo Park – Leave This Island


4. Katy Perry – Unconditionally


3. Eternal Death – Head


2. Future Islands – Seasons (Waiting On You)

I thank the stars they’re back. What an immense, amazing tune. Future Islands own so much real estate in my heart that I think I’d disappear if they ever chose to sell.


1. Against Me! – True Trans Soul Rebel

NB: At present, and for the life of me, I can’t find the original version of this song to share. The acoustic version I’ve shared below is brilliant, but the original is one of the catchiest alt/pop songs I’ve heard in a long time. If you can find it, listen to it. Embrace it. Against Me! are on fire.